August 19, 2014

Across the Pond

hat: Madewell (solid version here) -  jeans: Carmar  -  shoes: Converse "Fancy" (low top version here)  -  tank: Gap  -  sunnies: Ray Ban  -  tote: old

The view from Eleanor's Pier on Roosevelt Island is breathtaking. 

August 18, 2014

Sunday Strolls

pony hair (leopard) purse: Zara  -  skirt: Topshop  -  shoes: Steve Madden  -  tee: American Apparel  -  silver/leather bracelet: gift shop on vacation  -  knot bracelet: Banana Republic

Today marks the day of two significant"firsts" here on Concrete Catwalk:
1) First time I had an audience while I took pictures (a homeless man... go ahead, be jealous)
2) First time I was scoped out by the cops (who were entirely confused by what we were doing)

August 13, 2014

Fall 14 Lust List

Clockwise from the left-hand image:

1) BDG Skinny High Rise Grazer Denim
2) Modern Vice lace up "Jett" boots
3) Lucky Brand Triangles Collar Necklace
4) Lucky Brand Openwork Triangle Necklace
5) Rebecca Minkoff "Julian" backpack
6) I like Cats tee, Etsy

There's something about fall that makes me get that "back to school" vibe each year even those days are in the past. So many fond childhood memories from the first days of school: The moment you claimed your seat on the bus, heading to the store to pick out your supplies, and of course picking out your "first day of school outfit." It might come as no surprise, but picking out my "first day of school" outfit was by far the best part. Who did I want to be that year? What message was I trying to convey? To this day I still get that vibe that transformation is possible each fall, which is why I feel like my "lust list" tends to grow this time of year.

August 9, 2014

Little Fear

top: old  -  skirt: Beacon's Closet  -  purse: Perlina  -  sunnies: Aldo  -  shoes: Nine West

I had a great conversation with a coworker this week about just life in general and what I realized is that I need to stop waiting around for the next step hoping that life is going to get easier or better or more simple... because realistically it's not. Not to sound cynical because I don't mean to have that intention at all-- quite the opposite actually. For example, July was like a rollercoaster for me: one moment I was on a vacation high, the next minute I was stressed at work, stressed about finding an apartment, stressed about family drama, etc etc. And I kept thinking that once I get past this beginning stage in my post- college life it will all get easier. So I almost wasted time not enjoying & embracing what was around me because I was just waiting for the storms to pass. But in hindsight, July was a really great month and all the things that were once bad turned good: my new apt is great, family is back to normal, potential new opportunity at work... So why did I waste time concentrating on the bad when there was so much good?

This is the revelation I started to have myself but the full on realization came when I was talking with a coworker who was having issues of her own. She was always that person I admired, the person who seemed so strong and had all her shit together, you know? The kind of person that I think I was waiting around aspiring to get to that level in ways. But as I listened to her have drama of her own it just made me have this ahhha moment that shit happens at every stage in life. It's always going to... so why wait around for storms to pass rather than making the most of it and play in the rain so to speak? This adult life is harder than I expected but I think I'm finally, just finally, getting the hang of it. You can't be everywhere, do everything, make everyone happy and then try to be happy yourself. There's times you need to say no, times you need to please yourself, and most importantly, there's times you need to stand up for yourself and what you deserve. Bam. Life advice.

August 3, 2014

Backpacks for Every Budget

Backpacks for Every Budget

Backpacks for Every Budget 
Last spring I spent a stupid amount of money on chiropractic consultations only to find out that my lifestyle was the root cause of my hip issues! Seems as though my heavy purses and high heels were sabotaging me (so sad) and causing me to walk like an 80 year old woman. On the other hand, it was nice to learn that the damage I had already done could be helped with a little lifestyle boost. Based on my Dr's recommendations, I immediately started to wear flats and sneakers whenever possible -- especially on the weekends when I know I'll be walking all day -- and I started carrying a backpack instead of a heavy purse. Now, you've all probably seen my backpack appear and reappear in countless posts thus far, so it's no surprise that I'm in love, but I'm starting to want an upgrade (and honestly after months of everyday wear my beloved is looking a little sad)-- lucky for me that the backpack trend hit the fan and now provides endless options. Click around on the links below and let me know which ones you're loving too.